It is the fourth time in Ashwin’s career that he has picked over 50 wickets in a calendar year. His best performance came during England’s tour of India. Ashwin picked 32 wickets in four matches at an average of 14.71 in that series. He won the player of the series award for being the leading wicket-taker.
Kyle Jamieson (New Zealand)
Kyle Jamieson’s Test career is only ten matches old, and he has taken over 50 wickets. He is the fastest New Zealand bowler to pick 50 wickets. He took only nine matches to achieve this feat and broke the record of legendary Shane Bond, who took 12 matches to reach 50 wickets back in 2005.
Pat Cummins (Australia)
Pat Cummins is one of the best bowlers in the world at this moment, and his ICC ranking is evidence of the same. Cummins is the number one bowler in the world with 904 rating points. The gap between Cummins and Ravichandran Ashwin, who is second in the rankings, is 21 points.
Ollie Robinson (England)
Ollie Robinson made his Test debut for England this year against New Zealand. He had a huge task to make his name in a team with fast bowlers like James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He delivered for England in the very first match of his career by picking a total of seven wickets in the game.
Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)
Shaheen Afridi was the best bowler for Pakistan this year across all formats. He picked 47 wickets in nine matches and was the second-highest wicket-taker this year. The left-arm pacer never had an off day and looked really sharp in every game that he played.
Anrich Nortje (South Africa)
Nortje made his Test debut in 2019 against India during South Africa’s tour to India. He went back home, picking six wickets in two matches. In 2020, Nortje played four matches and took 16 wickets, including a fifer against England in the first innings of the Johannesburg Test.
Lasith Embuldeniya (Sri Lanka)
In 2021, he proved that if your first name is Lasith, then you are bound to create some magic for the Sri Lankan team. Lasith Embuldeniya picked 32 wickets in just six matches at an average of 27.21. No other Sri Lankan bowler could pick over 30 wickets this year apart from him.
Kemar Roach (West Indies)
Kemar Roach made his Test debut back in 2009 as a 21-years-old lad. He was bowling at 150 kmph consistently and tested some of the best batters of that era with his bowling. However, an ankle injury cut short his career, and he ultimately found himself out of the West Indies Test squad in 2016.
Taijul Islam (Bangladesh)
Taijul Islam finished 2021 as the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in Test cricket. He took 30 wickets in just six matches at an average of 30.5. Along with Mehidy Hasan Miraz, he became one of the best spinners in 2021. Miraz picked 25 wickets in seven matches.
Blessing Muzarabani (Zimbabwe)
Blessing Muzarabani had a decent year for Zimbabwe. He picked 19 wickets in five matches at an average of 22.36. Muzarabani is currently at 50th position in the ICC Men’s Test Bowling Rankings with 391 rating points.